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Finding people to commiserate is easy, but what about finding the people for when things go right? When life is GOOD. When you are PROUD and want to share why. Sometimes called your tribe, celebration circle or #girlsquad, these are the people in your life who become your cheerleaders, supporters and high-fivers. It’s an active, reciprocating and beautiful energy, and it can change how you approach everything.
It definitely has for me. By creating a girl squad (and now I have a few) I’ve started playing a bigger game—a better game—in life, and in running. I’ve been able to rise out of my own fears and self-doubt and, just as importantly, encourage others to do the same. There is so much power when women decide to support and LIFT each other up, and when we do, it has the power to elevate our culture, our dreams and our own standards for ourselves.
Here are three big ways that having a #girlsquad has changed how I chase goals, dreams and finish lines:
When you want to quit, they remind you why you started. There will inevitably come a time when you’ll want to quit on your goal. Goals are hard freaking work, especially when they are pushing you out of your comfort zone. It’s in these wavering moments when your girl squad shows up. They call you out, fire you up, give you tough love and remind you of all the reasons you’re worth the journey.
Celebrating the wins is part of the journey. Pity parties are easy to find, but when you’re working toward a goal, you need women who will champion your effort and cheer you on! And as women, we aren’t always good at celebrating our own accomplishments. We have this nasty little habit of downplaying our awesomeness and effort. By creating a culture of celebration, we remind ourselves this is part of the goal-setting journey.
Everything is better together. Most often it is not the workout that gets us out of bed in the morning—it is the friendships and unspoken bonds of those counting on us to show up. Accountability keeps us on track, makes us honest and drives motivation. Whether it’s sending a text, going for a run or celebrating a milestone with girls’ night out, chasing goals with friends makes everything better.